John Wilson

John Wilson, MS, RTTP

Academic Liaison Director

Candidate Biography

Over the past 22 years, I have worked for Glaxosmithkline LLC in various roles with increasing responsibility.   I began as a bench scientist and developed into a pre-clinical toxicologist/project representative within our Safety Assessment group.  I have worked in a regulatory environment within GSK, exposed to all aspects of pre-clinical development within and external to GSK.  In 2014 I moved into a role within our Academic Liaison group and have gained extensive experience and recognition for my abilities to support collaborations with Academic and Non-Profit Organisations. Additionally, I served as the Inclusion and Diversity lead for my department for 3 years.  Finally, I have served on the AUTM Annual Planning Committee for the last 5 years. 

Candidate Q&A

What experience do you have working on or with a strategic Board of Directors? 

I work internally and externally with Senior Leaders and Boards for strategic alliance partners. These boards focus on leveraging scientific expertise between the parties and my role is to align the partnership as a win-win relationship. 

Please include a brief description of your volunteer experiences within AUTM. 

I have volunteered for 5 years on the Annual Meeting Planning Committee and appreciate the opportunity to work with external colleagues and professionals to ensure the Annual Meeting is the best for everyone. 

Why do you want to join the AUTM Board of Directors? 

I want to foster the mission of AUTM, and its Membership, around the foundation for the development of a better partnership of Academics and Industry for Scientific Innovation. 

Have you served in a volunteer leadership role for other organizations? If so, please explain. 

I was the Inclusion and Diversity lead for my division at GSK and was part of the leadership team for the initiative. It involved presenting initiatives to the department and working to ensure their feedback was reviewed by the Leadership Team. 

If elected by the Membership to the Board, would you consider serving as Chair? Please explain. 

I would absolutely consider serving as the chair, if I was successful, as the participation with the Planning Committee at AUTM has been a wonderful experience. 

Please share personal strengths that you believe would be valuable to the AUTM Board and/or the strategic direction of the Association.

Active listening and implementation of inclusive objectives. The AUTM Board is critical in crafting the direction of AUTM that includes everyone's ideas and initiatives across the spectrum of membership. 

What special experience do you have in driving and implementing a strategic plan? 

I drive engagements that leverage the best practices within academic institutions and GSK, these collaborations range from standard post-doctoral style research, to strategic alliances utilizing the institutions budget, federal grants and GSK research funding to ensure win-win collaborations. 

How do terms of  the position (both responsibilities and time commitment) fit with your other responsibilities? Will you have any conflicts of commitment between your full-time position and your volunteer time on the AUTM Board? 

I have discussed the opportunity with my line manager and department head, they both support my commitment to AUTM and know that I can manage the opportunity and any conflicts through time management.

AUTM is committed to addressing issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion both on the Board and on behalf of our Members. Briefly describe how your experiences can contribute to the Association’s growth in this area.

I have served as the division lead for GSK under the direction of the GSK Corporate I&D Committee and participated in activities, learning programs and implemented those across my division for both in-person and virtual trainings. 

Advocacy for the innovation ecosystem is something AUTM has promoted recently.  How do you think AUTM should continue to be involved? 

I believe AUTM should actively seek out and survey the innovation centers that are represented by its membership and throughout the world to determine how to best support this pivotal platform for innovation. Possibly, creating an AUTM committee purely based on innovation strategy and how AUTM can further support its development. 

Is there anything else you would like AUTM Members to know about you before they vote? 

My goal is continue AUTM's mission and excellence in the partnership of academia and industry to ensure that scientific development and equitable engagements are paramount to the remit AUTM has to its members.